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, uh, to libya, to iraq, for that matter, you will find an economic component. >> maintaining access to certain markets, most often oil, is a common consideration. the u.s. drove iraq out of kuwait in the 1991 gulf war not just to protect its ally from foreign belligerence, but to protect the flourishing oil trade as well. >> i'll give you an example where i think i was wrong, where i'm sure i was wrong. when george bush, the first george bush, went into to kuwait to kick the iraqis out of kuwait he was right. i voted against that because i was afraid, ironically, that george bush, the father, would act the way george bush, the son, did and go too far. >> a powerful iraqi army invaded its trusting and much-weaker neighbor kuwait and moved south to threaten saudi arabia. our goal's defined and familiar. iraq must withdraw from kuwait completely immediately and without condition. this is not, as saddam hussein would have it, the united states against iraq. it is iraq against the world. >> and in libya many observers noted that both american and european companies would be happy to see
a meeting and the first person i called on was an army colonel. i said where were you last? he said in libya. i said did you know christopher stevens? he said everybody knew christopher stevens. he was our leader, fluent in arabic, constructive, positive, doing something, he was our leader. this spontaneous practically eruption from him. he was a foreign service officer. anybody who has served with a foreign service as i did as the secretary of state knows, what a very special group of people this is. they are very able people. dedicated. they work hard for our country. chris was extraordinary and stood out. i thought what image can i think of that might express our way of thinking about him. i thought of the great seal of our republic. i don't know how many of you have ever looked carefully at it. the center is an eagle. in one talon the eagle is holding an olive branch. the eagle is looking at the olive branch to show that the united states will always seek peace. the other talon, the eagle is holding arrows to show that the united states understands if you will be effective and successful
>>> my name is chris stevens, i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. i had the honor to serve as the envoy to the libyan revolution and i was thrilled to watch the libyan people stand up and demand their rights. now i'm excited to return to libya to continue the great work we've started, building a solid partnership between the united states and libya to help you the libyan people achieve your goals. right now i'm in washington, preparing for my assignment. as i walk around the monuments and memorials commemorating the courageous men and women that made america what it is, i'm reminded we too went through challenging periods, when america was divided by a bitter civil war 150 years ago. president abraham lincoln had the vision to pull us together toward a shared goal of peace and prosperity. growing up in california i didn't know much about the arab world. then after graduating from the university of california at berkeley, i traveled to north africa as peace corps engineer. i worked as an english teacher in morocco two years and quickly grew to love this part of the world. si
, arrested in libya. four christian workers are in custody for preaching the gospel. >> wendy: plus, syrian refugees take shelter in jordan, and find compassion from a christian ministry. >> george: and it is the adventure of a lifetime. this woman's worldwide wait to bring the gospel to the law. ♪ >> george: four christians sit behind bars in the north african nation of libya. hello, everyone, i'm george thomas. >> wendy: and i'm wendy griffith. libyan officials say the foreign missionaries are accused of distributing christian literature. as gary lane reports, that is a charge that could carry the death penalty. >> reporter >> on monday we arrested a group. we found a print shop in the area in benghazi city. we found 45,000 christian books. >> reporter: the foreigners were reportedly printing pamphlets complaining christianity. the material was mostly directed towards children. but proselytizing in libya is a criminal offense, punishable by death, according to a law carried over from moammar gadhafi reign. >> we are a 100% muslim country. this issue is not negotiable. >> reporter: the f
brewing the senator a proper cup of cappuccino during their meetings in libya. the next topic of material goods would be his donkey, or lack thereof. i love the picture. it reminded me of a priceless letter he sent to me in law school when he was over there in the peace corps. chris wrote wonderful notes and told me when he went running in the village where he was staying, only to have locals come up beside him and say where is it, where did it go. where is what? your donkey. i don't have a donkey. >> why are you running? [ laughter] >> for exercise. >> exercise? are you nuts? if you want exercise, come work on my orchard, you crazy american. >> chris succeeded because he knew how to laugh at himself and relate to people around him. there are two more memories i want to share. one deals with government and jazz. chris always wanted to work for the state department. he always wanted to be involved in the foreign service. he took the foreign service exam when we were undergrads at cal. he came back the first time, pleased with results on the written but felt he didn't do so well on the oral
than to deploy foreign troops. >> in 2011 nato was again put to the test as it intervened to stop libya's muammar gaddafi from murdering his own people. that time, nato deployed no ground troops and suffered no casualties. >> this was the most precise air campaign in the history of air warfare. and at yet to provide the allies the ability to take the lead, to be out front, to provide 90 percent of the ammunitions that were dropped in libya. so that the united states enabled this alliance to do a job that uh, that was extraordinary in its success. >> we also see libya as a place where the allies were able to bring a wide variety of military technology together, integrated and perform, i think, very well under u.n. security counsel resolution to avert a real humanitarian disaster. >> despite the success in libya, there is no template for nato intervention. >> the problem with it is those conditions will never repeat themselves. and so those who talk about it as a model for the future, it's only a model insofar as nato can become an enforcing arm, peacemaking arm of the united nations i
which was producing oil into libya. many of them found jobs. during the oil crash, many returned back to their land of residents. now we are looking for something to do. that kind of set the stage for the second rebellion, which took as in the 1990's. during the second rebellion, something very similar to what happened last year occurred back then. we had a rebellion at the same time we had, shortly after a coup that took place in mali. then there was a regime change. in this cobbling together some of the whole time that the tuareg had grievances -- well before the independence in the 1960's. some of these grievances, there are several, but just cutting them down, one is discrimination from southern ethnic roots which governed mali following independent. these discriminations or what is creating the tension today between north and south. i normally say, there is racism between north and south. or was a fear that land reform would threaten their privileged access to agriculture. when you live in the sahara area, you have to rely on capitals. whether the cells are the one up on the medi
of the fight. the flag lets everyone know who is leading the resistance. we saw four and fighters from libya, iraq, and saudi arabia. they seem to dominate the front lines. they have a reputation for being tough, disciplined, and braves. some fear they want to hardline islamic states, far removed from what began as a call for freedom and democracy. without help from elsewhere, many are glad of their support. there is another reason to worry about what is happening here. only a few kilometers away is the vast military complex, believed by some to use your part of this suspect in and chemical weapon stocks. this town has been pounded relentlessly in a fight that resonates far beyond syria across borders. across syria they seem to have borne much of the brunt of the shelling. there was nearly 100,000 people living here when the attack began. >> hundreds were killed. thousands were injured. no hospitals to treat them. nobody save them. nobody was interested in their suffering. the syrian army is above the hill. they can come to the city at any time. they kill women, children, commit massacres, a
that we responded to the call. but that should not hide the fact that all the same in liz beat -- libya, we got involved not to advance the cause of democracy but to advance the cause of islamic fundamentalism. i was the only one for years who denounced this intervention in libya, denounced the fact that the libyan rebels, just like their counterparts in syria, are in reality corrected and that their seizure of power, notably in libya, where they immediately impose sharia law, was going to destabilize the entire region. that is exactly what is happening in mali today. >> the operation follows france's role alongside the u.k. for a party which campaigns on anti-immigration, the upheaval caused by the arabs spring was unwelcome. would she have preferred gaddafi to have remained in power? >> it would probably have been more effective, with using diplomatic means of putting pressure on gaddafi to introduce a not significant dose of democracy to his country to leave him in place. you must remember that as deplorable, as reprehensible character as he may have been in libya, like mr. assad in
is happening in eastern libya right now with the gaddafi arms cachet that was not secured after the nato -- cache that was not secured after nato? what efforts are we making to secure those arms? >> yes, ma'am. they had significant arms caches inside eastern libya, which is the most unstable part of libya right now. the intelligence committee has noticed that many of them have moved and they have increased the capacity of al qaeda. the united states and allies have several initiatives to try to attempt to stem that flow. most of them are on training and he couldn't efforts for both the living -- training and equipment efforts. the border control people are beneficial for some of the training we have done. we are trying to limit the ability of that to continue to migrate away from libya and into the hands of terrorists. >> when we were on our trip, we also went to egypt. those arms are going into syria. they are also going into mali and other places where they are getting into the wrong hands. that continues as we are sitting here today. that continues. >> in eastern libya right now, we h
, outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and general martin dempsey, testify about the benghazi, libya attack. and then a discussion on the federal response to soldiers with post dramatic stress disorder. and later, president obama and congressional leaders speak at the fellowship foundation's prayer breakfast. testified about the attack thon u.s. consulate in benghazi, libarch that killed ambassador stevens and three other americans. the pentagon never received the request from the state academy for security, and did not have the resources to get support on the ground in time to thwart the attackers. leon panetta is stepping down. this hearing is four hours and 15 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, everybody. today the committee welcomes secretary of defense, leon panetta, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. to testify about the department of defense's response the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya, last year. and the findings of its internal review following t
of the threat. reports out of libya and the terror situation. this is a system failure. no one is pressing the president. the mainstream media is giving the obama administration a pass and that needs to stop. martha: we'll hear from the cia, the man who is expected to be the head of the cia, downbrennan, there is so much focus on the drone issue. i want to get your thoughts on that. i know you are supportive of that program overall. do you think that because of the drone issue that john brennan will get a pass on what he knew because we haven't heard from him on that. >> isn't that a good question in the counter terrorism director of the united states has not said one word about the actions he took when he was notified. there is a joint task force by law that is supposed to meet when there is a terrorist attack. they weren't even called into session. i'll ask panetta why that is so. no one has asked john brennan anything about benghazi. he's in the chain of command to do something about it. it's dumbfounding the lack of scrutiny this administration has had regarding benghazi. martha: we kn
. >> with the example of libya, there was no congressional ulceration for us to get engaged in libya. i think the aumf activates the president's war powers. the fact that this congress has authorized that means a lot. lee logic of this logic only applies to -- the logic of this applies only to senior al qaeda leaders. you have to make analyses that apply to different facts. we can start with mr. bellinger. no aumf for libya. it was an international coalition. if there was an american citizen who travel to algeria and joined the pro-gaddafi army and was a major operational leader in bringing arms into libya that would fight the resistance and american forces and our allies, based on how you read the memo, to you think this provides justification to engage an american citizen in that instance? >> under the memo, probably not. under your facts, the person would not be a senior al qaeda leader. >> if they limited it to that, why isn't so important? if the aumf is not critical, is there a logical distinction between those two if you to not think the aumf is critical? >> there are a lot of us who wonder how
providing military equipment to the rebels is the u.s. and the europeans did that in libya and to a certain degree, they're paying a price for that. some of those weapons wound up in the hands of the wrong guys, if you will. and there's a lot of instability in libya as a result of that, some of the weapons have even gone out of libya. there's a certain reluctance to get involved once again in this kind of arming of the rebels in what is a civil war. >> absolutely, wolf. congress, there really isn't an appetite for members of congress when you talk about the big fight over the budget battle and where you spend the money to put more money inside of syria. >> we can have a whole debate. thanks very much, wolf. we have a debate about the criticism of 70,000 people dead, places like congo. >> rwanda. >> the old saying syria is not libya. there are all sorts of geopolitical forces at play there. >> even the u.s. representative to the u.n., susan rice, does not believe we should arm the syrians. she was the one that gave the okay for libya. >> they're very different neighborhoods. there's a lot of
types of weapons from anti-aircraft artillery. security experts say many of the weapons came from libya. they say different groups took the arms across the border after the fall of gadhafi. the video shows the transient life the militants led in the desert. they moved frequently from one location to another. mokhtar belmokhtar is believed to have been behind the attacks in algeria. they say the group gathered in southern libya and then crossed the border. what's not clear, though, is how the fighters managed to penetrate the military security forces andrivate guas to take control of the plant. a journalist follows the militant group in northern mali last year for two weeks. >> translator: they had their way in the desert. they were free. no one bothered them. the algerian attack got their ssage ross. ancountry cod be theext target at any time. >> the man from niger who led the attack died when the algerian military stormed the plant. but the whereabouts of mokhtar are not known, meaning the threat of more terror attacks in the region looms. nhk world. >>the si of a ilding collapsed in a
on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya on september 11 and all of last year. the findings of its review following that attack, including lessons learned. i want to remind colleagues that we will receive testimony next tuesday morning the doved d.o.d. released a time -- the department of defense released a timeline of september 11 and 12 in ben ghazi including the deployment. a copy of this timeline is in front of us. i think we will each have it and it will be included in the record. according to the timeline, the temporary mission filt, the department of defense's first action was to re-- facility, the department of defense's first reaction was to react on a mission of libya to provide better awareness of the events of the events in benghazi. there were a series of meetings in the pentagon for expanding the department of defense's response as well as to prepare for the potential outbreak of further violence throughout the region. during these meetings, secretary panetta authorized a number of deployments. i hope that secretary panetta and the chairman will p
in benghazi, libya. a doctor room >> we welcome secretary of defense william panetta and general dempsey. we are here to talk about the attack are indeed temporary and next in benghazi libya are in september 11th and 12th last year and the internal review following that attack including lessons learned from benghazi. i'd just want to remind colleagues that we will be receiving testimony next tuesday morning on the impact of sequestration adnor -- and/or a continuing resolution. i hope that today's hearing will inform the committee of any changes that have been made or are being proposed to the posture of u.s. forces overseas to respond to similar terrorist attacks in the future that we sought in benghazi. anything that will affect the dod and installations overseas. they released a timeline of its response to the assaults of september 11th and 12th and including on the deployment of various forces based in the united states or overseas. a copy of this timeline is in front of us. i think we will each have it and it will be included in the record. according to the timeline, the temporary missi
pick up the phone and call anybody in libya to get help for these folks? secretary clinton said she was screaming on the phone at libyan officials. there's no voice in the world like that of the president of the united states. and i do believe if he had picked up the phone and called the libyan government these folks could have gotten out of the airport to the annex and the last two guys may very well be alive. if and he did call the libyan officials and they sort of blew him off that would affect whether or not i would give foreign aid in the future to libya. but if he failed to call on behalf of those people under siege, and i think that's a massive failure of leadership by our commander in chief. >> schieffer: have you tried to find out if he did call? >> i've tried-- we know he had a 15-minute briefing by secretary panet and the chairman of the joint chiefs right after the attack happened. it was a preplanned meeting. it just happened that benghazi came up at the meeting. i don't know what the president did that evening. i don't know if he ever called anyone. i know he never tal
's embattled replacement over among other things questions about the libya terror attack last september. mike emanuel on what is holding up chuck hagel. >> they successfully delayed chuck hagel's controversial nomination as secretary of defense. late today, procedural vote failed after senator john mccain had made the case for waiting until after next week's recess. >> i think that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions and i think that senator hagel after that period of time deserves a cloture vote and a uvote on his. >> i have valued your thoughts and your contributions. i think most all of us in public office feel that way. >> among questions, speeches like to one in june 13, 2008, before the arab american antidiscrimination committee that hagel did not disclose to armed services committee. earlier they blasted republicans for holding up hagel's nomination to lead the pentagon. >> it's shocking that my republican colleagues would leave the nation would a fully empowered secretary of defense. during all the things we have going on in the world, including a wa
of the breakdown of these governments, especially from libya. we have. >> rose: in fact some of the libyan islamists have gone to mali. >> they have, right. >> and we have-- they were from there originally and have gone back to mali but with weapons. >> you have ls counteerrorism pressure on them, because these governments have changed over, and the counterterrorism forces aren't as experienced. they don't have the same kinds of laws that were in place before. we're having to reestablish relationships with them. and you have these groups being networked in some of them now claiming al qaeda, al qaeda connections. and all of this combines, and last, to, you have an expanding amount of ungoverned space. and we talked about ungoverned space a little bit when we talked about afghanistan, where a group is ability with impunity or without pressure to train, plan, recruit extremists to engage in operations in that region and around the world. that's exceedingly dangerous. and what we have to do is to address this and it has to be address comprehensively and it's going to take an intensive effort
? >> assassination has not been a feature of the transitions. it has not been in libya. -- it has been in libya, but in tunisia, there has been other kinds of violence, specifically by extremists, and there was a lot of tension between secular forces, including the opposition party leader who was killed and the main party in the coalition government saying the moderate islamist brotherhood type of party was not doing enough to stop this. we do not know who carried out the assassination, but suspicions are high they were involved, so it is really unfortunate. >> the official who was assassinated had a fairly small following, yet we saw a huge numbers of people turning out on the streets. does it suggest there is going to be a strong stand and now from the tunisian population in favor of securing secular rights? >> i think so. there are a significant number of secular as indonesia and even in the government. two of the three parties are secular parties. -- a significant number of seculars in the tunisian government. really the writing of a constitution is not going to go forward until the situati
like libya and egypt. the potential for a revolution to turn into the most vibrant democratic political system could happen. this country could either be bogged down in the political deadlock or plunged into the worst political crisis it might face in the future. what is going to happen? people are waiting for the ruling party to offer some substantial answer to these people about the government. or for the president to step in and say we need to do something now to protect the legacy. this is why expectations are high. so are the worries and concerns of the millions of civilians. >> economically, the country can ill afford this. >> it is a very poor country. it does not have the resources that neighboring countries like libya or algeria have. they depend on tourism and agriculture. there is ongoing instability. tourists are not tempted to come anymore. they would prefer to go to neighboring places like morocco. this is exactly why the government has been trying its best, along with international donors to try to send reassuring messages that, if we manage to have a peaceful deal with a
many of the weapons came from libya. they say different groups took the arms across the border after the fall of moammar gadhafi. the video shows the transient life the militants led in the desert. they moved frequently from one location to another. mokhtar belmokhtar is one of the senior members shown in the video. he has links to al qaeda. analysts believe he's the mastermind behind the attack in algeria. algerian officials say the militants planned and prepared well. they say the group gathered in southern libya and then crossed the border. what's not clear though is how the fighters managed to penetrate the military security forces and private guards to take control of the plant. mauritanian journalist, mohammed mahmud abu ah-ma'ali, follows the militant group in northern mali last year for two weeks. >> translator: they had their way in the desert. they were free. no one bothered them. the algerian attack got their message across. any country could be the next target at any time. >> reporter: the man from niger who led the attack died when the algerian military stormed the plant
of defense leon panetta testifies on capitol hill today about the attacks on the compound in libya. this follows his dire warnings about dramatic budget cuts due to kick in next month. panetta spelled out a list of cuts the pentagon will have to make, cuts he says will seriously undermine the military. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> good morning, anne-marie. the cuts are already happening. the pentagon is shrinking its presence in the persian gulf of aircraft carriers. it's par of that long list that secretary panetta that said these cuts are going to have to happen in the coming weeks all because congress cannot agree on an alternative to the budget cuts that are going to kick in as well as a 2013 budget. the "uss truman" was expected to pull out of norfolk tomorrow to head to the persian gulf but wednesday afternoon word came in the truman will stay in port to save money. >> playing the waiting game. it's not very nice not knowing when we're pulling out. >> the pentagon is carrying u.s. presence overseas ahead of $55 billion budget cuts that
up on the radar. >> this deteriorating situation in libya wasn't unique. some will suggest it was the worst thing going on, it was among the worst things going on. so, in context the were equaled elsewhere with equally and threatening intelligence. >> heather: steve yates is a deputy assistant former for national security affairs. he served through the bush-cheney administration. thank you for joining us. what needs to keep from what happened in benghazi from happening again and how serious is the security problem overseas? >> if we take the inspector general at his word, the security weakness is significant. it's clear with other data points our chief executives was not doing what they needed to do to keep our diplomats safe. there is going to be an improvement in management. strategically we have to take more serious of the threat in the broader region. i think secretary clinton and panetta seemed to be overruled by the white house. >> heather: it boggles the mind, the threat streams in libya, they were equaled elsewhere with equally significant and threatening intelligen
toureg migrate north, algeria, producing oil into libya. many of them found jobs, and during the oil crash, many of them returned back to their land of residence. now we're looking for something to do. that set the stage for the second rebellion which took place in the 1990s. during the second rebellion, small similar to what happened to last year occurred back then. we had a rebellion, and at the same time, we had shortly after a coo that took place in mali, and then there was a regime change so in this cobbling together, the whole time that the toureg had griecheses, well before the 1960s. some of the grievances, and there's several, but pairing them down, one is discrimination from southern ethnic groups that governed mali following independence, and these discriminations were, you know, what's creating the tension today between north and south, and i normally say there's racism between north and south. there was a fear that land reform would threaten their privileged access to agriculture. when you live out in the sierra area, you have to rely on capitols, whether it's in the sou
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